Ok I was having a "discussion" with someone regarding where Ford Aus gets it steel from. I heard somewhere (dunno if it is true) that Ford Aus do not get their steel from BHP anymore due to a quality issue and have sourced it from somewhere in Asia. This other guy believes that it is still from BHP. Can anyone shed some light on this?
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And BlueScope Steel still supplys steel to Ford (Holden, Toyota and Mitsubushi for that matter). Some steel is imported as the grade and composition is not made locally, ie, the suspension stampings, the body and panels are all different grades and no one single manufacturer in the world makes all grades. BlueScope actually pioneered a steel grade called ULSAB for use in the AU falcon and it's carried forward into the BA AFAIK.
Don't forget the grades that go into the foundry as well; several suppliers of scrap are used to ensure supplies.
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Are you a fellow BlueScope Steel employee? You know what your talking about.
As stated above BluesScope supplies all the local auto manufactures but it's generally the bits you don't readily see, floor, internal structural panels etc etc. The exterior panels are special grades that it's not economical for BlueScope to produce (it's not that we can't).
In fact BlueScope Steel won one of five Toyota President Awards in April this year.
Hahahaha, I just remembered one of my old workmates had been to the holden and mitsubishi foundries, back when holden were still making 5.0l's. Mitsubishi's plant was really clean and only decent metal was melted down to make theie engines, meanwhile in holdens the workforce were in the habit of thowing damaged tools etc. into the furnace. Nice to know that the consisency of their engine blocks is well maintained...
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